Voices of Faith

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Dear Friends,

We seek Jesus, who is the “way, and the truth, and the life,” so that we may come to follow his way, to know his truth, and to experience the fullness of life.  That fullness is not just some incrementally better version of our day-to-day lives in this world, but something altogether different, something which we cannot fully comprehend or articulate.  HOPE is our openness to all of these gifts.

As we encounter the Risen Lord in our lives, he fashions us as his people.  We are transformed – when we allow ourselves to be changed – and we find ourselves more fit for that life he offers us.  St. Peter tells us today in the second reading, “You are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises’ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).  There are times when we might not feel that we live up to that, but God is merciful, and we should embrace this dignity as the gift it is.  As God’s own people, we are together a “royal priesthood.”  The Church teaches that all the baptized share in this identity.  Living as “priests” means that we serve, that we offer ourselves as a sacrifice to God, and that we help each other to grow in holiness.  In a particular way this is the call of the parish… this is our mission together.

There is a lot going on here at St. Joseph this month, as we celebrate First Eucharist with many of our children this weekend and look to our “end-of-year” activities in our school.  Our Parish Picnic, which is an expression of gratitude to our many volunteers and of welcome to our new parishioners, is coming up next week (see the flyer in this bulletin for details).  I hope everyone will join together as we give thanks for the many blessings of our community.

I wish a blessed and happy Mothers’ Day to all who share in the gift of motherhood.

God’s peace,

Fr. Rick